noun, often capitalized
yup·​pie | \ ˈyə-pē How to pronounce yuppie (audio) \

Definition of yuppie

: a young college-educated adult who is employed in a well-paying profession and who lives and works in or near a large city

Other Words from yuppie

yuppiedom \ ˈyə-​pē-​dəm How to pronounce yuppie (audio) \ adjective
yuppieish \ ˈyə-​pē-​ish How to pronounce yuppie (audio) \ adjective

Examples of yuppie in a Sentence

Her friends are just a bunch of yuppies.
Recent Examples on the Web Miles, the eldest, is a top lawyer and yuppie who becomes a drug addict and pauper, then turns his life around and becomes a state senator. Mark Greif, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2022 Her fantasies are those of the proto-yuppie who is not quite there yet but definitely on her way. Rina Nkulu, Vulture, 30 Oct. 2021 Having catered to the hustle-like, yuppie millennials who would forgo their lunch breaks to eat a $15 salad at their desk, Sweetgreen had been hit hard by the pandemic. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 29 Oct. 2021 These tensions reconcile in all sorts of biker cultures — the urban dirt biker, the cafe-racing yuppie — but Sturgis is unique in selling the fantasy of a subculture based on the dominant one. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 Sweetgreen, the fast casual salad chain popular with yuppie workaholics, is becoming less of a source for sad desk salads and more of a weekend outing during the pandemic. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 28 Sep. 2021 Basically, the bassinet has become an emblem of everything there is to love and lament about the millennial yuppie parenting lifestyle. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 Despite those sterling credits, not to mention Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in the starring roles, the film is unambiguously atrocious, a boring slog through yuppie malaise. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 24 June 2021 That’s a hyperpop bogeyman as potent as the yuppie was for hardcore punk, or as the senator’s son was for the Woodstock crowd. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of yuppie

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yuppie

probably from young urban professional + -ie

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28 Mar 2022

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“Yuppie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yuppie. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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